Women Engaged: No Matter Who Wins the Georgia Runoff Election, the Struggle for Justice Continues

WASHINGTON – Women Engaged is a nonpartisan social justice initiative at the intersections of integrated voter engagement and reproductive justice, serving the broader Atlanta-metro area and the state of Georgia for over six years. Since our founding we have registered over 1500 voters and have contacted over 70k residents through our innovative get-out-the-vote efforts focusing on young voters, Black and brown voters, and women voters. 

Our tactics include, phone & text banking, relational organizing, and a robust digital strategy that prioritizes maintaining the interests of public health and safety led by Millenial and Gen Z youth leaders.

Malika Redmond, cofounder and executive director of Women Engaged, said, “It’s not an understatement to say that this historic election will make a profound statement about the resilience of Georgians; especially Black people, to exercise their right to vote in record breaking numbers during a year when voter suppression, a global pandemic, and racialized terror and intimidation was at the forefront. As a nonpartisan organization dedicated to social and reproductive justice, it’s our job to ensure that the voices of historically oppressed people are heard, and that our votes are counted. But there’s one thing we know for sure. No matter who wins, our struggle for justice will continue.”

Michelle Wilson, Senior Program Manager of Women Engaged, “That’s really what integrated voter engagement is about; It’s getting people involved beyond just the voting pieces but also taking active stances around the issues that impact their lives.  My work is aimed to empower “Black women, girls, and femmes, especially young people and LGBTQ+ folks.” 

Women Engaged led voter registration and get out the vote campaigns that helped drive the historic turnout during the general election on Nov. 3rd. Anticipating a runoff, we continued our virtual activities to reach voters in Georgia to re-inspire them to turn out to vote for the local elections Dec. 1st and for the runoff election January 5th, including helping register new voters and ensure voters information was correct and up to date before the registration deadline on Dec. 7th. Lastly, our phone GOTV team was trained to respond to COVID-19 emergency assistance calls.  And, since March WE help connect more than 300 Georgia voters with emergency assistance information for nearby food pantries, utilities and rent payment assistance for examples.

Women Engaged diverse staff and volunteers are available for interviews. Please contact malika@womenengaged.org with any questions, and follow us on Facebook at WomenEngaged.

This post was originally published on Radio Free.